No question about it, Milan has splashed the cash this summer. With the arrivals of Hakan Calhanoglu, Mateo Musacchio, Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini, Andrea Conti, Lucas Biglia and Leonardo Bonucci—Milan is certainly having one of the most robust and vibrant transfer windows in recent memory.
Former Milan player Zvonimir Boban—who won the league with Milan on four separate occasions and has a champions league under his belt— thinks otherwise. In his own words:
"Milan? They don't convince me very much," he is quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport .
"I believe that many good players have been purchased, but no excellent ones. And at San Siro you will have difficulty if you're just a good player. We'll see."
Boban is unreasonably hypercritical. It is better to sign high-quality young players who can get the job done versus superstars that cost €100m. Not to mention, to criticize Milan for signing seven new talented young (mostly) players is a huge step forward from signing countless over the hill players in the Berlusconi era. Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu alone are a massive step forward for Milan. If Andre Silva can continue to exhibit his scoring prowess as seen on display at Porto—and Calhanoglu can continue his dominance in the midfield with his great passing and even better free kicks— Milan is blatantly superior to last year.
Now add Rodriguez to the mix coupled with Musacchio and Romagnoli and all of a sudden one can see a dynamic squad forming on both sides of the pitch. That little spiel didn’t even consider what Bonucci, Biglia, Kessie, Borini, or Conti will add to the lineup.
In other words, Milan has had an extraordinary and calculated transfer window so far and with Renato Sanches and Diego Costa rumoured to be joining, there’s still a little excitement left. As for best ever? We’ll see!